Jérôme Louvel has released Restlets 1.0. Congratulations to him and the team! Any 1.0 version is always something very special.
In this InfoQ interview, Jérôme is drawing a parallel between JPA and the new “Rest” JSR 311 (of which he’s an expert member). Of course he would like for his Restlets implementation to be the main inspiration for the expert group just like Hibernate seems to have been for JPA. So Jérôme is not just a good developer and architect, he’s also sounds like a good marketeer :)
In other comments on the article, I wish InfoQ’s Stefan Tilkov would add GlassFish’s JAX-WS to the mix when comparing Restlets to SOAP stacks. While the answer from Jérôme would likely be the same (“it’s not really REST”), JAX-WS has
Provider APIs to work at the lower messaging layer to implement any protocol including RESTful web services.
The other interesting part is the use of GlassFish Grizzly‘s technology in the Restlet framework as well as the use of the dual CDDL/GPLv2 licensing model which happens to be the exact same as what GlassFish uses… All this and the future promised WAR packaging could make Noelios (the company behind Restlets) a good GlassFish partner.
On a personal note, having only been thru the basic Restlet samples, I can claim that what I like best about the framework is its website. Clean and simple.